Mexico was the first country I flew to internationally (not counting my road trips to Canada). It’s been 10 years since I was last here, and I wasn’t sure what my impression of Cancun would be after traveling to 50 other countries around the world. I knew I loved Mexico the first time, and I’ve been dreaming about coming back and eating real Mexican food ever since.

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Three times I’ve been to Paris, but I’ve yet to explore the city. On my most recent trip, we had a 24-hour layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on our route from Edinburgh to Cancun, Mexico. Well, it wasn’t just the night, but rather a full 20 hours stuck in Terminal 2E. Don’t worry, it really wasn’t that bad. In fact, Charles de Gaulle airport is where a man spent 18 years living in Terminal 1, which is the true story which Tom Hank’s The Terminal is based on.

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I’m a huge fan of Thailand and everything it has to offer. Even though things have changed recently there, I look forward to getting back as soon as I can. In the meanwhile, I’m sitting in Edinburgh going through my old photographs and gorging myself on as much Thai food as I can afford. If you manage to make it to northern Thailand before I do, these are the trips from Chiang Mai I’d recommend.

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For years, I’ve had camping in the Pentlands on my bucket list, but I only managed to check it off this year while being stuck in Edinburgh. The Pentland Hills Regional Park is located 7 miles south of Edinburgh and covers 35 square miles. The park is full of forests, streams, pastures, waterfalls, reservoirs, and, of course, lots and lots of hills.

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I can’t figure out how I’ve never written a guide for spending 48 hours in Edinburgh, considering this is my favorite city, my home base, and the place where I’ve spent more time than anywhere else since I started traveling the world. Maybe it’s because I could never decide how to cram everything into just two days (considering I’ve been exploring this city for months and am still finding new gems all the time), or maybe because I’ve already written journal-type posts about days I’ve spent here. Whatever the reason, here’s my recommendation on how to spend your weekend (or week-day) city break in the capital of Scotland.

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